Born in 1990, Stander started his career in South Africa. Featuring as a flanker or No.8, Stander represented his country at U19 level and captained his country at U20 level at the Junior World Cup.
Stander made his Super Rugby debut for the Bulls in 2012 scoring 4 tries. In a controversial move, Stander joined Munster ahead of the 2012/13 campaign as a Project player, much to the despair of South African rugby fans.
Stander has a been a fan favorite at Munster, providing the Thomond Park fans with consistent performances each week.
After a season ending injury for fellow back row Peter O'Mahony, CJ was named captain of Munster for the 2015/16 campaign.
Munster's campaign so far in the 2015/16 has been filled with disappointment, with only Stander performing for the men in red.
He was awarded with a first Ireland call up in 2016, as Joe Schmidt named him in his 6 Nations squad.
In May of the same year Stander was awarded the IRFU Player's Player of the Year title.
The first Irish player to be named man of the match on his Six Nations debut in the draw against Wales in Dublin in round 1, 2016. Started all 5 games in the No. 6 shirt scoring tries in the last two rounds, v Italy & Scotland.
CJ was part of Ireland's Summer Tour to South Africa, 2016, when on his first game for his adopted country on South African soil led to him being red carded for a block down challenge on former SA U-20 teammate Pat Lambie, his first red card of his career. His second Ireland appearance overseas was a much different story as he put in a leading role, making 14 tackles and scoring a try in Ireland's victory over the All Blacks.
The South-African born Ireland blindside is tough as nails and has an uncanny ability to break tackles, stay on his feet and make hard yards.
On 29 November 2016, Stander was named the Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year at an event in Dublin.
His recent Champions Cup form has been exceptional, with numerous man-of-the-match displays for Munster. Stander played a pivotal role in the Irish back-row over the 6 Nations 2017 championship, scoring a memorable hat trick vs Italy.
His international career got even better, after making it into the 41 man British and Irish Lions squad to tour N, appearing in the final Test against All Blacks.
Stander was once again been included in Ireland's squad to tour Australia, ending the series with 26 test caps.
He heads into the 2018/19 Pro14 season having represented Munster on 114 occasions with 165 points scored.
As of the 2018/2019 Champions Cup, Stander has had 33 European Cups appearances scoring 7 tries and 35 points.
Ahead of the 2019 Six Nations, Stander has 28 test caps.
(LS August 2018)
|2012 - present|
|2016 - present|
|Hoër Landbouskool Oakdale
|British & Irish Lions
|2017 - present|
|2012 - 2012|